The following information was submitted by the artist to askART, March 2012.
Richard Lazzaro has been an advocate for abstract painting for more than fifty years as an artist and teacher. Over the years his experimentation in painting moved away from the reference of the visible world to an exploration of flat space, movement, color, direct painting and the use of nonspecific imagery. His work is intended to narrate his anxieties and desires in a language that is playful and fostering of the free expression of the creative unconscious and to evoke vigorous and lyrical expression---a vitality of spirit and life movement.
Born in Cleveland, Ohio in 1937, Lazzaro studied at the Cleveland Institute of Art (1955-59), Kent State University (BFA, 1961), and the University of Illinois (MFA, 1963). He taught at the University of Illinois from 1961-63, and is an Emeritus Professor at the University of Wisconsin-Madison where he taught drawing and painting from 1963 - 2001 and served as Graduate Program Chairman and 2-D Area Chairman during his tenure. ...